As you know, 'the perfect human', Nick Lidstrom has called it quits after twenty years in the NHL.
Here is the press conference that he called to announce the retirement party.
Try not to tear up when he says the words 'retirement'. Our favorite teams may be mortal enemies of the Detroit Red Wings but seeing Lidstrom hang up the skates just kills us. We don't really know a league without him. We also don't know a Red Wings team without their Swedish stalwart on the back-end.
Some NHL players expressed their feelings about Nick Lidstrom's retirement on Twitter and there were quite a few that really got us in the feelings.
He's planning on moving back to Sweden with his family and that's just one more reason why we will go to Sweden some day. So we can tell Nick Lidstrom that seeing him raise the Cup on Penguins ice gave us so many feelings, good and bad. But now we couldn't be happier for him and his accomplishments. Some of his accomplishments include being the first European captain to win the Stanley Cup, twenty seasons without missing the playoffs and winning the Norris Trophy seven times.
That's just a few of the things that Nick Lidstrom accomplished in his long and storied career patrolling the blueline in Detroit.
Honestly, we don't think there is a person alive who doesn't appreciate, love and admire Nick Lidstrom. He's an idol to many defensemen out there and he's a class act human being who is the perfect example on how to be a professional in a sport.
We will miss him and his defensive prowess but his influence will be felt around the league for years to come. And that can only be a good thing.